What is an acoustic guitar?
An acoustic guitar is a stringed musical instrument that you play by plucking, strumming or picking the strings with your fingers or with a plectrum. The strings vibrate and are then amplified acoustically in the body of the guitar. This is why different body and wood shapes affect the sound of the acoustic guitar. The most common body shape is the "Dreadnought" which often sounds more complete with a higher volume level.
What to consider when buying an acoustic guitar for a beginner?
There are two main things to consider when buying an acoustic guitar for a beginner: ease of play and sound.
The two main factors that make an acoustic guitar easier to play are its form and its action. You may have trouble moving your arm over the body of a dreadnought or jumbo acoustic guitar. If this is the case, you should try a form of "folk" or "living room" which is smaller and therefore easier to play. The action refers to the distance between the string and the frets. If the action is weak, the ropes will not have to travel so far, which will ease the pressure.
Sound is also an important factor to consider. Make sure you are satisfied with the sound produced by the guitar, you will probably want to play it more often!
How much should I practice daily?
As much as you feel comfortable, by and large, the better, the better, but at least 30 minutes a day at the beginning, extending this to 1 hour at least 5 days a week once your fingers stop hurting you.
I do not seem to improve, even if I play my guitar daily, what am I doing wrong?
Learning to play the guitar does not happen overnight. It takes time and dedication, which means as much practice as possible. Oh yes, do not expect to play like Slash after a week. There is no need to be impatient, you will progress with time and practice.